Wednesday, February 10, 2016
9:00 am – Race Headquarters opens at the YMCA. Headquarters will be open to the public every day from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm. Displays, information, merchandise, souvenirs, videos, and Silent Auction. Click here to view a map for the YMCA.
Silent Auction (at the YMCA) begins Wednesday, February 10th and will run from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily, closing at noon on Sunday. Winners to be notified immediately following auction closing.
Headquarters phone number is 906-361-0479
Headquarters communication center will be open 24 hours, Friday, Feb 12 through Sunday, Feb 14, 2016
Thursday, February 11, 2016
6:30 pm – Pre-Race Banquet and Bib Draw – Watch to see who is first out of the chute for both races. Tickets available at Headquarters or at the door. The public is welcome!
The musher banquet will be held at the YMCA at 6:30 pm and is open to the public. Mushers are required to attend as their bib numbers will be handed out. (This is the order mushers will leave the chute). All mushers receive one banquet ticket with registration. Additional tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased in the merchandise room at the YMCA Come join us to see who is first out of the chute for both races.
Friday, February 12, 2016
10:00 am – Vet Check for all UP200 and MNR teams at the Riverside Auto parking lot. Don’t miss seeing the real athletes of this race receive a pre-race exam by race veterinarians.
UP200 teams will also drop their bags here for the unassisted checkpoint in Wetmore.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – UP200 Musher’s Brunch, downtown at Marquette Commons on S. Third Street (down the hill from the Post Office). Sponsored by the Mining Journal. This is mandatory for UP200 mushers. There will be a $25.00 penalty for those who did not attend.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Midnight Run Chili Feed, Public Service Garage
(sponsored by Public Service Garage and Wendy’s)
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Open House at the Marquette Children’s Museum, 123 W. Baraga Ave. Kids, come have fun at the Children’s Museum before the start of the race! We hear Scratch and Seamus will be there.
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm – Come watch the teams go by at the Marquette Welcome Center on US-41. Enjoy a hot chocolate, coffee, pizza, cheese snacks, and cookies. This is a prime place to watch the teams of the UP200 and the Midnight Run. You can watch the teams go by from the observation deck or from the picnic area, and also both ends of the parking lot.
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Chili Feed at Prince of Peace Church, Harvey – Come watch the teams pass by and enjoy a bowl of chili! The chili feed will be held during the dinner hour and early evening.
6:00 pm – Join the fun at Lakenenland for a canoe ride by sled, hot chocolate & coffee to warm up, watch the mushers pass by, and enjoy the Fun Fire. On Sunday, watch the mushers head back to Marquette.
6:15 pm – Opening Ceremony for the 26th anniversary of the UP200, Midnight Run
7:00 pm – UP200 START
Both the UP200 and the Midnight Run start in downtown Marquette in front of The Mining Journal.
Marquette Downtown Development Authority will be hosting a warm up party at the Commons Building on S. Third Street. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available. Local musicians Jim and Ray will also be playing.
8:30 pm – estimated Midnight Run START – the Midnight Run will start 30 minutes after the last UP200 musher has left the chute, but not before 8:30 pm.
Chatham MNR Checkpoint: The Midnight Run teams will arrive at the Chatham Checkpoint sometime after midnight. Here they will take a mandatory 5-1/2 hour layover before starting back to Marquette along the same trail. The public is welcome at this checkpoint, located at the MSU Agricultural Station. Food will be available and it’s a great place to see the Midnight Run teams! Teams will begin leaving Chatham around 5:00 am to race back to Marquette.
12:30 am (approximately) – UP200 Mushers start arriving in Wetmore for a mandatory 5-hour layover. This is also an unassisted checkpoint up bound and is a unique opportunity to see Mushers tend to their dogs by themselves. The teams must spend a minimum of 5 hours rest time in Wetmore before leaving for Grand Marais. We expect the first team will depart Wetmore between 5-6am.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
8:30 am (approximately) – Cheer on the Midnight Run Mushers as they cross the Finish Line at the Lower Harbor, Marquette!
10:00 am – Jack Pine 30 Race begins at Larry’s Family Foods in Gwinn The Jack Pine 30 Sled Dog Race starts and finishes in Gwinn, Michigan, with the traditional start at Larry’s Family Foods. The finish line will be at the First Baptist Church of Gwinn, located on North Billings Street.
10:00 am – Kiwanis Kiddie Mutt Race at Marquette Commons in downtown Marquette. Bring your dog to see if he or she could qualify as a “sled dog.”
All Day in Grand Marais – the UP200 mushers will be arriving at the Grand Marais checkpoint in the late morning and early afternoon. They will begin the return trip to Wetmore in late afternoon and into the evening. This is a great place to see the UP 200 teams up close. Visitors can stroll through the lot and take photographs. Breakfast in the morning. Bake sale, lunch all day, Grand Marais Silent Auction from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and UP200 merchandise on sale all day. Starbucks will have coffee by the timing gate.
4:00 pm – Midnight Run Awards Banquet will be held in Marquette at 4:00 pm at the YMCA and is open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased at the merchandise room at the YMCA (Midnight Run mushers will have received one ticket with their registration).
Sunday, February 14, 2016
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Come see the UP200 mushers finish at the lower harbor in Marquette.
Noon – 2:00 – Snowman building contest and other activities at the Lower Harbor, held by the students of the NMU Event Management class. We hope to have lots of kids and families, and there will be free hot chocolate available.
Silent Auction will be ending at the YMCA at noon. Winners will be notified immediately after.
11:00 pm – (and repeating on February 16th at 2:00 pm)
WNMU-TV Channel 13 – A documentary about the first UP 200 Sled Dog Championship. Included: trail planning; checkpoint activities; training; race strategy; the care a musher gives his dogs. (duration 30 min)
Monday, February 15, 2016
8:00 am – The UP200 awards breakfast will return to the HOLIDAY INN and is also open to the public. UP200 mushers will receive one ticket. Additional tickets will be available at the door.